A Tiny Obsession
Writer / Kate Rhoten
In the last month or so, I have come across a group of shows revolving around living in tiny spaces. The first one I found is like House Hunters but on a much smaller scale. Another one is more about the building of a tiny home and the process of downsizing.
I can’t help but be intrigued by these small spaces. The ability to live more simply and have just what you need and nothing more seems like a good way to live. It has made me think that I need to start cleaning out the armoire and closets in our home.
It may seem crazy, but it will only be a short 4 ½ years before our youngest is out of the house. It will be here before I know it. My husband and I discuss what our life will be like after the boys are off to college and starting their own lives.
This makes me think that it may be time to slowly begin the process of shedding items I don’t use or even need at this time. Crazy, I know. I don’t have a lot of things from my youth, and I don’t have a habit of buying or feel the need to have things.
But we have lived in our house for 16 years. Over time, one does collect items, and they get stored somewhere, whether it is in the basement, a closet or guest room. I believe it is time to begin clearing out our home. This is the longest I have lived in one place ever in my life. I think it is safe to say I have a slight itch to move.
I also don’t believe I need much to be happy or comfortable which leads me to the next thought about this tiny movement. I think I am interested in renting a tiny home to live in for a week. It would be best to do this without the boys, but maybe it would be an interesting trial for when they would be with us.
I am sure a tiny space for two would feel very different with four people. It is definitely something to consider. A simpler, easier life is appealing as well. Just thinking about it makes me wonder about the ability and freedom to travel.
Having less home means fewer expenses. The cost of heating and cooling would be dramatically reduced. I know what our home costs now, and we have a new HVAC system. I would imagine a tiny home of 600-750 square feet would be fairly comfortable and inexpensive to maintain.
I don’t enjoy the upkeep of our home. I don’t enjoy dusting, vacuuming and cleaning toilets (not that anyone does). Don’t get me wrong, I feel good about it once it is done, but I do not enjoy the process. A smaller house would be much easier to take care of.
The other thought I have about tiny homes is a second vacation spot in the mountains. I love the summer activities in the mountains of Colorado, and the idea of having a small place there to call my own in intriguing.
Maybe it is a fad for now, maybe not. But I can’t stop watching and commenting on what I like and don’t like. Could you go from a 2,000 square foot home to a size 10-20 percent of that? I don’t know if I could, but it sure is fun to wonder what if.